Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Sales for the family at Zulily

zulily Kitchen Sale

This post contains affiliate links. 

Zulily has so many sales going on right now that I just had to share with you!  They have gifts for EVERYONE in any theme that you might be looking for. You can save 50% or even 75% off one product!  When I look at their prices I'm usually blown away by their excellent prices, speedy shipping, and great quality of packaging.  They even ensure all gifts that have a gift box are to be delivered on time for Christmas.

For Children

Disney Junior Up to 60% Off Sale at zulily
Lego Sale at zulily
Leapfrog Sale at zulily
Toys & books your kids will love on zulily.com

For your Favorite Cook

Kitchen Aide Sale at zulily
Rachael Ray Sale at zulily


Adorable girls’ clothes on zulily.com
Something new every day! Shop women’s on zulily.com
Maternity must-haves on zulily.com


Home Schooling Collection Sale at zulily
Young Scientist Club Sale at zulily

Gifts Under $15

Gifts Under $15 Sale at zulily

Coffee Lovers

Starbucks Sale at zulily

Did you find everything you needed?

What kind of gifts are you still looking to get for this Christmas?

~ Fabi

Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Photograph your Crafts

1.   Use natural light I take my pictures by a window. The ideal lightning is early in the morning and in the evenings, but the best time that works for me is during nap time, so I end up taking most photos around 2pm. Not ideal, but it works for me.  I go by the window and set up a white foam board where I can set my items.  Then I take pictures of the product making sure it gets all the light. You see, when I take a picture my ultimate goal is for my viewers to be able to see the product in the same way I am able to see it in person.

2.   Show different angles - Imagine you are at the store shopping, you pick up an item and look at it all over: the front, the back, the sides, the seams, etc. Those who shop online want to get the ‘whole’ picture (no pun intended!) of the product before making a purchase.
Try to show the size of your product. You can measure it and write it out in your description, but people tend to go by visuals, so show them the size of your baby shoes in comparison to your hands, or wear the scarf and pull it up so you can show how much it will stretch. 

3.   Clean background – remove any clutter, furniture, or anything that could distract the viewer from the product you are showing.

4.   Set up the scene – Show how your product could be used. If it’s a coaster, show it with glasses. If you made a bookmark, show with some books. Think of a magazine, each product has been set up to show it’s effectiveness. 
If photographing amigurumi, then show your new handmade toy along with other toys that will suit the theme. Some time ago, I made a whale, which I photographed next to a boat. Have fun setting up the scene for your items!

5.   Colors – Choose colorful yarn, a rainbow scheme, ombre tones, and earthy tones to photograph your products. Make your product attractive to the eye! Think of your items as a candy. Yes. Be creative with your color combinations. Look through magazines, research fabric trends, google ‘Fall 2014 trendy colors”, walk around Target’s for inspiration, etc.  Keep a photo log using a pinterest board, cut out pictures, take photos when you are out, etc. If you find something attractive and you can use that for inspiration, chances are you will be able to make a new item that will be attractive to consumers as well.

6.   Treat every picture as a sale – As excited as you might be about the new stitch your learned or the new item you are making for the shop, refrain from posting a cluttered picture to social media. The first picture will be remembered and it will determine whether the person goes back to your page to see the item again or not.  I strongly encourage you to treat each picture as proof of the quality of your work. 

7.   Be personal – If you want to share how you are working on your orders, take an inviting picture. For example, have your coffee, your crochet (or knitting), and good light! You may also use an app to use a nice filter for your pictures. Taking this type of picture makes people feel like they are part of the room where you are working. More so, it makes your job look enjoyable.

Photo Credit: Claire from cthandmade
Etsy Shop: cthandmade
Instagram: cthandmade 

What are your tips for taking good pictures of your crafts?  Do you have a time of the day or a place where you like to go to take pictures?  Let me know in the comments! 

~ Fabi 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shopping for t-shirts

My boys are HUGE fans of Curious George to the point that one of them tries to be as sneaky as George. I found these cute shirts on Zulily (affiliate links) that I have just added on my list to purchase for Christmas.

Which is your favorite one? Let me know in the comments which is your favorite.

My favorite are the yellow t-shirts and the red hoodie I posted at the bottom.

White 'Curious George' Classic Tee - Toddler & Kids - $10.99

from: Zulily
Banana 'Curious George' & Hat Tee - Toddler & Kids - $10.99

from: Zulily
Carolina Blue 'Curious George' Hanging Out Tee - Kids

Yellow 'Curious George' Hat Tee - Toddler & Kids

Carolina Blue 'Curious George' Kite Tee - Kids

from: Zulily
Red Curious George Personalized Zip-Up Hoodie - Toddler & Kids - $29.99

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping?

Happy Shopping!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Reindeer Crochet Ornament - Free Pattern

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is one of my favorite Christmas songs and I am very often found in the kitchen humming this sweet melody. Oh how I love this song, so much that a few days ago I sat down with my yarn, hook, and notebook, and began the process of making my own Rudolph. 

Today, I am sharing my pattern with you and hope you can use it too! I'll be hanging my Rudolph ornament on my Christmas tree this year.   

Let me know in the comments what kind of handmade ornaments you will be hanging on your tree this year. 

Reindeer Ornament – Free Pattern

Reindeer Crochet Ornament

Rounds 1-4 will be worked in the round. Use a stitch marker.
  1. Start with a Magic Ring, 6 sc into the ring.
  2. 2 sc in each st (12 stitches total)
  3. *1 sc, 2 sc* repeat from *to* (18 stitches total)
  4. 1 sc in each back loop (18 stitches total)
Turn your work now, continue with the following instructions:
  1.  8 sc in back loop, ch 1, turn.  (8 stitches total)
  2. repeat row 1.
  3. sc2tog, 4 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (6 stitches total)
  4. 1 sc in each stitch, ch 1, turn. (6 stitches total)
  5. sc2tog, 2 sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn. (4 stitches total)
  6. 1 sc in each stitch. (4 stitches total)
  7. sl st all around.

Magic Circle: 6 sc
Tighten and fasten off.

  1. Ch. 4,
  2. Skip 1 ch, sc 2, 2 sc at the end.
  3. Ch. 4, skip 1, sc 3
  4. Ch. 4, skip 1, sc 3.
  5. Slip stitch to nearest sc.

Enjoy it!

Happy Crocheting!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Can I have an Elsa braid?

My daughter has become a huge fan of braids ever since watching Frozen. I now find myself braiding her hair several times a week and we both enjoy it! We get to spend some quality girl time together talking and doing her hair.  I have to admit that I have enjoyed learning new braids, some that I had thought would be impossible to do like the fish tail...  Now it's her favorite, because it makes her feel more like Elsa with a side braid. Other times we do two braids, because she says she likes Anna just as much.  Is your daughter the same way?

This YouTube video by Luxy Hair was so clear and had terrific instructions on how to do it. Aha!  Watch it a few times and then practice on your girl. You will both love it!  

Have fun and happy braiding! 

~ Fabi

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Gobble, Gobble, Sew a Turkey

Halloween has passed, stores are decorating for Christmas, and yet Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! Grab your fabric, scissors, and sewing machine and get ready to make your turkey projects using these tutorials from around the web. 

1. DIY Felt Turkey Crayon Holder - Skip to my Lou has a template and tutorial to sew a turkey crayon holder for your little ones using felt. Use it as a party favor for Thanksgiving or give to your students at school or sunday school.  

2. Thanksgiving Place Card Holder  - The NY Melrose Family has a step by step tutorial with a list of supplies needed to make a turkey place card holder. If desired, you can skip the name and use your new turkeys to decorate your home. 

3. Turkey Embroidery Hoop Art - This project is great for a stash buster and for relaxing for the afternoon while sewing pieces of fabric to make a new piece of art. Thanks to Do Small Things with Love for this tutorial and the free template. 

4Turkey Puppet - Use felt or left over pieces if you have any and sew up some cute turkey puppets for Thanksgiving! You can also use this puppet for your homeschool or for your children to play and pretend to be little turkeys. Thanks to Frog Prince Paperie for the free template and tutorial.

5. Turkey Headband - Using a small amount of ribbon in different colors and some goggle eyes make a cute headband for Thanksgiving photos.  You can also use ribbon to match a Thanksgiving outfit and ready for the party!

6. DIY Turkey Placemat - Use the template provided by U-Create Crafts and make placemats! I love that it has little pockets to place your silverware. How gobbly is that! 

7. Turkey Placemat with Napkin Pocket - Here's another tutorial with templates for sewing a turkey with felt. It gives a 3-D effect to your placemat and you can use the little pocket for stuffing the napkin. How neat is this! 

8. Turkey Shirt - Love from Texas was inspired by a few designs to make a new shirt using ribbon. I love how pretty this turned out! 

9. DIY Shirt Collection - Need more shirts ? Here's a collection of FIVE patterns and tutorials to sew more shirts for this fall and Thanksgiving.  

10. Stuffed Turkey - In a hurry and not much time left to sew? Make a no-sew stuffed turkey using fleece. If you don't have any on hand, print out a coupon to Joann's and get some. You'll need a small amount to complete this project! 

Enjoy these projects! Let me know in the comments which you are going to try, post a picture to see your final project! 

Like my FB page, Tales of a Crafty Mommy to get more ideas, tutorials, dips, and DIYs! 

Happy Sewing! 

~ Fabi


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